Free School Meals / Universal Free School Meals
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From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be entitled to receive a Free School Meal every day, known as UFSM.
Very Important Information - changes to FSM eligibility criteria
All children who are entitled to Free School Meals because of their family circumstances bring an additional £1320 into the school budget to support their learning experiences at school. This money is known as Pupil Premium money and enables school to plan and support learning opportunities for these children. See the Pupil Premium page for more information.
Even if you are entitled to a free meal in Reception, Y1 and Year 2 we ask that you still register if you meet the criteria below, to enable the school to receive this funding.
Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below:
- Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
If, after reading the information on this page and on the application forms, you are unsure whether you qualify for an award, please submit an application form and Redbridge council will contact you with the outcome.
I don’t currently claim free school meals – what does this mean for me?
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim to your local authority. The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods. If you are eligible, your school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding. Your child then will be eligible for:
- DISCOUNTED educational visits
- DISCOUNTED breakfast and after school clubs
- FREE club places
- FREE music tuition
- FREE uniform
- FREE books
- EXTRA learning opportunities e.g. forest schools, creating a book etc.
I am currently claiming free school meals – what does this mean for me?
Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school meals, but don’t meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022. Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.
Where can I get more information? If you need any further information, please speak to Mrs Prince
If you need help with your application call into the school office